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Regional tsunami warnings after Costa Rica quake

Regional tsunami warnings after Costa Rica quake
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Tsunami warnings have been issued – and then cancelled – following a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in Costa Rica.

The powerful tremor hit the Central American country at just after 8.30 in the morning local time and could be felt as far away as the Nicaraguan capital, Managua.

The quake’s epicentre was about 140 kilometres west of the capital, San Jose.

There have been no reports of casualties, however, the president of Costa Rica’s National Emergencies Commission said some buildings had been damaged.

Initially the tsunami warnings covered a number of Costa Rica’s neighbours, including Panama and Nicaragua – and countries further away, such as Mexico and Chile, where the threat has now subsided.

In 1991, 40 people were killed by another earthquake in Costa Rica measuring 7.6.